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Politinerds: Matt K. Lewis On ‘Too Dumb To Fail’


Our guest on this weeks episode of Politinerds was Matt Lewis, senior Contributor at The Daily Caller, who we previously interviewed back in June of last year. Matt is back because he’s the author of the recently released book “Too Dumb To Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How […]

Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On The Moon, Dies At 85

Edgar Mitchell

Edgar Mitchell, the Commander of Apollo XIV and the sixth man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 85: Edgar D. Mitchell, who became the sixth man to walk on the moon as a member of NASA’s first lunar mission devoted exclusively to scientific research, died Thursday at a hospice in […]

Thursday’s MSNBC Democratic Debate Had Lowest Ratings Yet

Clinton Sanders Debate

Thursday night’s MSNBC Democratic debate, the fourth such debate between the Democratic candidates for President and the first to feature only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, drew the lowest ratings yet: MSNBC’s feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers. With 4.5 […]

Bernie Sanders To Do SNL, With Larry David As Host


Bernie Sanders will be doing Saturday Night Live this weekend, and his doppleganger will be there too: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont plans to travel to New York this weekend to appear on “Saturday Night Live,” interrupting his campaign in New Hampshire for some national television exposure, according to a senior campaign official. Larry David, […]

Trump Donald dot Org


This Donald Trump looking site seems worth the effort. I play the cornet, but this is close enough.

Group Plans Giant Battle Flag Display Across from Historically Black College in Downtown Montgomery, AL


Via the Montgomery Advertiser:  Groups plan Confederate monument, large flag across from ASU Members of three Confederate groups are planning to erect a monument featuring a large Confederate flag in front of Alabama State University, the nation’s oldest state-sponsored historically black college, the Tallassee Tribune reported on Wednesday. According to the Tribune, leaders of the […]

Tweet Of The Day

Campaign 2016

It comes from Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore: Started out as 1 of 17 GOP Candidates, now with Rand Paul & Rick Santorum out, 1 or 9. #StillStanding — Jim Gilmore (@gov_gilmore) February 3, 2016 While I don’t mean to suggest that former Governor Gilmore is a Sith Lord, I was reminded of this:

Rick Santorum Quits


As conjectured earlier, Rick Santorum has dropped out of the race after his embarrassing performance in the Iowa Caucuses, which he won last time. CNN: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is ending his presidential bid, two Republican sources told CNN. He is expected to make the announcement Wednesday night and will endorse a candidate. Santorum […]

Rand Paul Drops Out

Rand Paul

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination.

More Winnowing


So, the Democratic pool is down to two, with Martin O’Malley out.  Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee is out on the Republican side.  Neither makes much of a mathematical difference.  I would expect a more serious set of exits after New Hampshire when several dead men walking come to gripes with reality.

Line of the Day (Iowa and Trump Edition)


“For the first time in the 2016 race, the conventional rules of politics applied to Donald Trump.” (CNN)

Candidate Positions on Immigration


This piece from NPR has a very useful chart that outlines the various candidates’ views on immigration reform:  Where The 2016 Candidates Stand On Immigration, In One Chart (h/t:  the FB feed of Alan Cross).

How the Iowa Caucuses Work (with Lego Minifigs)


With a tip of the hat to occasional OTB contributor Chris Lawrence.

A Visual History of IA and NH


A nifty chart from NPR:

Trump’s Strength and his Weakness


Anyone paying attention at this point knows that the main basis of Trump’s support comes from whites with less than a college education.   This is a strength is helping him in the GOP primary, but will be huge handicap in the general election should he actually win the nomination. This is all well laid […]

Trump and Latino Republicans?


One poll says he is doing well with Latino Republicans (via the NY Post): Despite his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is the favorite among Latino Republicans, according to new polling results revealed to The Post. Thirty eight percent favor Trump, followed by Cuban American Ted Cruz (15 percent), Jeb Bush (14 […]

Headline of the Day

“Stalin May Have Studied Mao’s Poop in a Secret Lab.“

Happy Blogiversary

A happy ten year blogiversary to Greg Weeks and his blog Two Weeks Notice! Greg is Professor and Chair of Political Science at UNC Charlotte and blogs mainly on Latin American politics at his site.

Some Cruzian Chutzpah

This struck me this morning listening to Weekend Edition: Behind the scenes, Heidi Cruz has been busily fundraising for her husband for months. She took a leave of absence from the investment firm Goldman Sachs to work on the campaign. That connection has been a source of criticism for Ted Cruz, who was elected to the […]

A Photo for Friday (on Saturday)


Well, so much for getting a month into the year without for forgetting a Friday.  At any rate, this seems an appropriately themed image for the season: “Confused Democracy” June 20, 2011 Pike Road, AL

BREAKING: Ammon Bundy Arrested, One Killed, in Confrontation with Police

The Oregon standoff is over, with one unnamed fatality. WaPo‘s Sarah Kaplan Six people involved in the armed occupation of a Central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday. CNN: Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, […]

Ed Rendell Accidentally Throws His Hate In The Ring For Hillary

Picard Facepalm

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell wanted to send out a tweet about the potential of an independent bid for the Presidency by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, but he ended up making one crucial mistake: It took about ten minutes for Rendell, or someone on his staff to notice the error and issue a […]

Iowa: Polling 8 Days Out

An interesting historical comparison from Past Frontrunners:

Palin’s Trump Endorsement Brings Tina Fey Back To SNL


We all knew this was going to happen once Sarah Palin joined Donald Trump in Iowa last week: “Sha’s two Corinthians short of a Bible.” Good one.

Of Course ‘National Review’ Was Disinvited From the Debate


You can either be a partisan or a moderator.

A Photo for Friday


To cheer up all our readers about to be hit by a blizzard (and those who aren’t), a yin and yang photo of cute, furry otters: “Otters!” January 2, 2009 Montgomery, AL

Politinerds: Jon Meacham


Our guest this week on Politinerds was author and Presidential historian Jon Meacham,author of several books on American history including, most recently, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. Jon also writes frequently about contemporary politics and can be seen as a commentator on cable news shows such as Morning Joe […]

Wherein I Agree with Trump


Via ABC:   Donald Trump Ramps up Attacks on Ted Cruz, Says ‘He’s a Nasty Guy’.

Clinton Calls for More Sanctions on Iran


Via The Hill:  Clinton calls for new sanctions on Iran Hours after the U.S. dropped sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal, Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton called for new sanctions on the nation for its ballistic missile program. Clinton on Saturday praised President Obama for securing the safe return of four U.S. citizens […]

Guatemala Inaugurates President


Via the BBC:  Jimmy Morales inaugurated as new Guatemala president Guatemalan former TV comedian Jimmy Morales has been inaugurated as the country’s new president. He was elected in October after huge anti-corruption demonstrations that led to the prosecution of a former president and vice-president. Mr Morales has no previous experience in government. In his inaugural […]

Economic Crisis Continues in Venezuela


Via the BBC:  Venezuela economy: Nicolas Maduro declares emergency The Venezuelan government has announced a 60-day economic emergency to deal with the country’s worsening crisis. President Nicolas Maduro will govern by decree for two months. The edict includes tax increases and puts emergency measures in place to pay for welfare services and food imports. The […]

Drug Lord Chic?


Via the BBC:  ‘El Chapo’: LA company cashes in on drug lord’s shirt A US shirt maker says its shirts are flying off the shelves after Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was pictured wearing one. The distinctive patterned blue and grey number is seen in a picture of Guzman shaking hands with US […]

Iran Frees US Prisoners


Via the BBC:  Jason Rezaian and three other US prisoners freed in Iran Iran has released Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners as it anticipates the lifting of international sanctions. Rezaian, 39, was convicted of espionage in Iran last year. Iranian state TV named the other three as Saeed Abedini, Amir […]

Taiwan Elects First Female President


Via the BBC:  Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen has been elected Taiwan’s first female president. Ms Tsai, 59, leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that wants independence from China. In her victory speech, she vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and […]

A Photo for Friday


“All Fall Down” March 24, 2011 Pike Road, AL

Obama’s Final State Of The Union Garners Record Low Ratings

Obama 2016 State Of The Union

President Obama’s final State Of The Union address was the lowest rated in quite some time: President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address drew 31.3 million viewers across 12 networks, marking a new record low in viewership, according to Nielsen. More than 21 million people watched on the “big four” broadcast networks. CBS […]

New York Village Votes To Keep Logo That Appears To Show White Guy Choking Native American


Residents of the Village of Whitesboro, New York have voted to keep a town logo that has proven to be controversial: ALBANY — There will be no change to the controversial town seal in the village of Whitesboro outside Syracuse. After years of debate over the seal, the town put it to a non-binding vote: […]

Laffer’s Laughable Prediction


Via The Hill:  Economist: GOP may win 47 states in general election Supply-side economist Arthur Laffer is predicting Republicans will win the White House in a landslide this year, regardless of the nominee. “I would be surprised if the Republicans don’t take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50,” Laffer told host John Catsimatidis on […]

“They” Wins

Via Wonkblog:  Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.

Oregon Standoff Update


Via The Oregonian:  Oregon standoff: Idaho group arrives to ‘secure perimeter, prevent Waco-style situation’ The arrival of the “3% of Idaho” was the latest development in the situation outside Burns, where an armed occupation of the refuge by an Ammon Bundy-led militant group entered its seventh day. “They just keep an eye on everything that is […]

Empirical Evidence that Some People have too Much Money?


Via Politico:  Former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg invests $10 million in Jeb Bush.

A Photo for Friday


This seems an appropriate image for this week:   “End of the Day Distortions” September 15, 2011

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley To Deliver Response To State Of The Union


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been selected to deliver the response to next week’s State of the Union Address: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, her office confirmed. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked […]

Iraq/ISIS Updates


Via CNN:  Ramadi has been taken back from ISIS, Iraqis say Iraqi troops have retaken the city of Ramadi from ISIS, the country’s military said. Troops have raised the Iraqi flag on top of the government compound in central Ramadi, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul said Monday. Ramadi, in Anbar province, about 110 kilometers […]

Today in “Not the Onion”


Via Politico:  One person shows up to O’Malley event in Iowa, remains uncommitted.

A Photo for Friday


So here’s an attempt to actually remember when it is Friday in 2016: “One for the Money” January 1, 2016

Know your Stats Terms

A useful primer:  Statistical terms used in research studies: A primer for media.

Polling Errors in the UK Elections


Some may recall that the polling for the House of Commons elections in 2015 did a pretty poor job of predicting the final outcome.  A piece in the Guardian discusses some studies as to why that may have been the case:  Why opinion pollsters failed to predict overall majority for David Cameron. Analysis undertaken by polling […]

One Season, Two Directions


Alabama has won more games at the Cowboys’ home field this year than the Cowboys.

Project 365 2015


I have been doing Project 365 (a photo a day) since 2009. For the second year in a row I have made all 365 (and for the third time overall). Click on the photo to go to the album:

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